Published Monday, 10 February 2014
Work has been going on at the stadium for over a year. (© Presseye)
A one hour, pre-match event will see a celebration of rugby in Ulster, with representatives from schools, clubs, referees, the women's game and disability rugby all participating to celebrate the new-look of the south Belfast facility on Friday 2 May.
The event will culminate in the cutting of a ribbon and the stadium being declared formally open.
Three new stands, funded by an investment by the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure of almost £16m, have been built at the ground as part of the redevelopment.
Capacity has increased from 11,000 to 18,000 and the ground is now capable of hosting a Heineken Cup quarter-final and a RaboDirect PRO12 final.
The very first ever game played at Ravenhill was Ulster v Leinster on 12 January, 1924, which will add an element of symmetry to this May's celebrations.
The stadium is set to host the Heineken Cup quarter-final between Ulster and Saracens on 5 April.
Following that game further fit-out work will be carried out on the grandstand ahead of the official May opening.
Work on the new Nevin Spence Centre, an education and heritage centre, based in the new memorial end stand, a new community 3G pitch facility and other improvements will start in the summer.
Ulster Rugby chief executive, Shane Logan, said: "The new Ravenhill Stadium is a world class stadium and a state-of-the-art home for all of rugby in Ulster.
"We have some exciting plans for the opening and I have no doubt that it will truly be a once in a lifetime event for any Ulster Rugby fan."
Meanwhile, Ulster's Dan Tuohy could miss out on the Heineken Cup clash in April.
The second row is expected to be out for between six and eight weeks after he fractured a forearm in the Irish victory over Wales at the weekend.
Ulster have been in impressive form this season after topping their European Cup pool. They are also third in the league, seven points behind leaders Munster.
This Friday the province face Scarlets at Ravenhill in the RaboDirect PRO12.
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